UWBM Invertebrate Paleontology Collection

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The Burke Museum Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology Collections include 3.6 million specimens and include invertebrate, foraminifera and trace fossils, dating from the Cambrian (around 530 million years ago) to the Quaternary (10,000 years ago). The Burke Museum Invertebrate Paleontology Collection is a member of the NSF-funded Thematic Collection Network (TCN), the Eastern Pacific Invertebrate Communities of the Cenozoic era (EPICC), award number 1503678, and is currently working to digitize its collection.

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Ron Eng
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Geology & Paleontology Collections Manager
University of Washington Burke Museum
Box 353010
98195 Seattle
+1 206-543-6776
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Ben Legler
  • Metadata Provider
Burke Museum
Burke Museum
Sara Legler
  • Metadata Provider
Burke Museum EPICC Coordinator
Burke Museum
Burke Museum

Geographic Coverage

The 3.6 million specimens making up the Invertebrate Fossil and Microfossils Collections are arranged stratigraphically. The fossils are mostly marine and include specimens from all over the world, but the emphasis is on material from western North America. Fossils from Washington state include Cambrian trilobites and molluscs, Paleozoic fauna from accreted terrains in the north eastern and north central part of the state, Cretaceous molluscs from the Islands, and a wealth of Cenozoic marine fossils from the coastal regions. The collections also include fossils from investigations into the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, from Europe, Tunisia and Antarctica. The current digitization efforts focus on our collections of the Cenozoic era from the Eastern Pacific, ranging from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. Most of our collections in this range represent specimens from the state of Washington.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Approximately half of the invertebrate paleontology collections are mollusks (bivalves, gastropods, ammonoids and nautiloids) from the Cretaceous and Cenozoic of western North American and the Pacific Rim. In addition to the extensive Charles E. Weaver collection of Mesozoic South American material, there are also significant collections from western Europe. Recently donated material includes: comprehensive collection of exhibit-quality decapod crabs and shrimps from the Pacific Northwest collected and donated by Ross Berglund, large collections of mollusks from Fiji and Okinawa collected and donated by Emeritus Professor Alan Kohn, and ammonoids from the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary of Antarctica collected (NSF funded field work) by Peter Ward and his students in 2009 and 2011.

Phylum Mollusca (Molluscs)

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers e6033178-5da4-411d-91cf-457683f28b3d